The Workers' Compensation Hearing Process

Disputes over workers' compensation benefits are common, so majority of cases will involve a hearing at some point. For this reason, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side from the very start to protect your interests and guide you through any hearings that may be required. At Leticia A. Gonzalez, Attorneys at Law, we have more than a decade of experience handling workers' compensation hearings in San Antonio and throughout Texas.

Benefit Review Conference

The benefit review conference (BRC) is not a hearing per se, but it is the first step to resolve a dispute. It is an informal meeting in which you and your lawyer will meet with a representative of the workers' compensation insurance company. With the help of a benefit review officer from the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC), an attempt will be made to resolve the dispute without the need for a hearing.

Contested Case Hearing

If the parties do not agree to arbitration, the next step to resolve the dispute after a BRC is a contested case hearing (CCH). This is a formal hearing overseen by a hearing officer from the TDI-DWC. The hearing officer will listen to both sides and reach a decision about the dispute. The hearing officer will issue a written decision and order.

Next Steps After A Hearing

If the results of a CCH are not satisfactory, the next step is a review of the decision by the TDI-DWC appeals panel. In this process, written arguments are submitted for review by the panel and the panel issues a written decision. This is the last step in the TDI-DWC's dispute resolution process, and if it does not yield a satisfactory result, the next step is appealing the workers' compensation decision to a court of law.

On Your Side Through Every Step Of The Hearing Process

Starting with a free consultation, we will be on your side through every step of the hearing process. Our goal is to get you the benefits you need. 210-558-7416 or email us today.

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